At A.B. Paterson College, we aim to prepare our students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and endless possibilities. Our graduates undertake further study at university, continue their vocational education courses, or begin careers that may see the conversion of their traineeship into apprenticeships or employment. Whatever path they choose, our graduates can look forward to making a positive contribution to their communities.
We also value our graduates as alumni of the College and members of the College Community. On 17 May, 2014, the Old Collegians, the Alumni Association of the College, was officially launched with numerous past students returning for an afternoon of sport played against current student teams, followed by a reception. With graduates present from our very first graduating year, 1994, through to the most recent years, those attending were able to reminisce on the history of the College and their time at the College, and to learn about the exciting future that lies ahead.
The College has a history of selfless contribution on the part of members of the College Community since its inception, and members of the Old Collegians are invited and encouraged to involve themselves in the College’s and its students’ futures.
As well as visiting the College for events, past students return for other reasons. The College has been delighted to welcome back a number of them as staff and coaches, where they continue to embed the ethos and values of the College for future generations, and contribute to this special College Community.
The College’s quarterly magazine, Vision Splendid, often features articles about past students and their careers and activities. The magazine’s editor, Merilyn O’Toole, Head of Marketing and Communications, welcomes stories about past students.
Year 12s receive Graduate Membership of Old Collegians upon graduation and receive copies of Vision Splendid and notification of relevant College functions.
We welcome past students, who return to visit the College to see their former teachers and student buddies, or sometimes to seek advice regarding their studies, to maintain contact. In 2005, the first child of a past student was enrolled in Prep, and our first past student to return as a teacher joined us.
Toni Kirton, Director of Positive Education and Leadership, is the contact person for Old Collegians. Toni's work is focused currently on reconnecting with alumni through updating our database with their current details. We invite you to complete the Old Collegians Membership Application Form and return it via email or post to:
Ms Toni Kirton
A.B. Paterson College
PO Box 460
HELENSVALE QLD 4212